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Running Repairs: A Runner's Guide to Keeping Injury Free by Paula Coates - My Review

Updated on May 17, 2015
Running Repairs: A Runner's Guide to Keeping Injury Free
Running Repairs: A Runner's Guide to Keeping Injury Free | Source

My Review of Running Repairs

Running Repairs is the perfect book for anyone who wants to run injury free - and that is any runner, beginner to experienced marathoner! Within minutes of flicking through this book I had learned invaluable information on the different running styles (I am the duck!) and had the answer to an ankle problem that seemed too trivial to see the doctor about.

The author, Paula Coates, is a qualified chartered physiotherapist and wrote this book to help people avoid common running injuries through proper training and planning. Running Repairs is packed with great advice and clear diagrams and photos to illustrate key points. Paula Coates writes about various running injuries, solutions and preventions clearly and in an easy to understand way for all of us who aren't in the medical profession. I can't recommend this book enough, especially for beginners who can learn some good habits! This is a great reference book for any runner's bookshelf!

Blisters - a common running injury!
Blisters - a common running injury! | Source

Learn to Run Strong and Run Injury Free - Running Repairs is an Essential Training Handbook

Running Repairs is split into three parts. Part one deals with the basics, looking at how your body works when it runs and basics such as weight, nutrition, the right trainers and looks at your 'service history'. You will learn more about the type of runner you are and any personal factors that may cause you a running injury. The book describes part one as the "instruction manual" section of the book.

Part two explores the more common running injuries and how you can understand them and manage the injury. Here you will find out why you get injured and how to work out what the injury is. In using a simple traffic light system, you can work out what treatment you need - from rest and ice to taking yourself to A&E immediately.

Part three looks at preventing an injury and what steps to take to repair the injury. There are some great stretching and conditioning exercises here which are worth trying. I often find illustrations of exercises hard to understand, but the photos in Running Repairs are clear and easy to follow.

Paula Coates stresses throughout the book that this is not the replacement for seeing a qualified physiotherapist. Running Repairs is about prevention, managing the injury and training better - not a self cure for serious injuries.

Packed with Great Tips:

"Make running injury-free your ultimate goal. That way you will achieve all your other goals."

Paula Coates's official site - don't miss it!

Check out Paula Coates' fantastic credentials here! Paula is a chartered physiotherapist and clinical specialist in sports injuries and lower back pain. After running 5 marathons, Paula wrote Running Repairs. She knows her stuff!

Prone to Running Injuries?

Every runner has had an injury of some description, which can stop you training for months or just put you out of action for a week or so. Needless to say, it can make life a misery.

What running injury have you had (or still have)?

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Spill the Gory Details of Your Running Injuries!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      As a runner one of my biggest fears is hamstring injuries. In order to prevent them I make sure to warm up and do my stretching before and after every run.

      Mike

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Like many others I have had problems caused by running. I have tended to rely on stretches before and after and a frozen bag of peas applied to the problem area - it works wonders!

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      elrofeet 

      6 years ago

      Hi

      I have plantar fasciitis myself for a few months now. My podiatrist prescribed me with Custom made orthotics which did not work at all. I understood that treatment efficiency is very individual. If something works for one it may not work for the other. I have found Taping very useful.

      Today as I am feeling much better with the pain I am doing a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises. I have found a good website summary explaining the subject of these exercises in:

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      It is important to know the steps to prevent injury to certain activities such as running, usually occurs in the legs, but can also occur in other body parts like the back pain, this lens is very useful.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've had back injuries due to athletics, for the past 6 yrs. Recently I had been doing some Lower Back Pain Exercises and Stretches for Lower Back Pain and I am getting great relief. Columbus Ohio Personal Injury Lawyer

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      RhondaSplint 

      6 years ago

      This sounds like it would be a very handy book to have around. I'm an avid jogger. Thanks for the share!

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      adjustabedsonline 

      6 years ago

      We love Paula Coates books =)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Your article quite comprehensive list and makes for everyone interesting. Stay cool.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      It is critical to be aware of the steps to prevent getting injured in certain activities like running. Foot injuries are common with running exercises but a spine injury could also happen if proper body mechanics is not ensured. This lens is truly a great read. Thanks for sharing!

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      johnkusa 

      6 years ago

      @anonymous: The lens is indeed priceless. I had some success with my back relief tool, the body back buddy trigger point therapy tool that I can also use to massage my feet.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've had back injuries due to athletics, for the past 6 yrs. Recently I had been doing some Lower Back Pain Exercises and Stretches for Lower Back Pain and I am getting great relief.

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      6 years ago

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      This is truly a great read and review about running injuries. It gave me a good knowledge how to deal with it properly. Good job!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I do not personally have any running injuries, but this is a great lens and connects well with the Canandaigua Chiropractic Health and Wellness Blog I have @ http://canandaiguanychiropractic.com/ You did a good job with your lens!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Running is an efficient physical activity which allows a person to have sufficient cardioexercisea to keep ones body fit and healthy. However, if a person keeps on performing wrong posture and positioning of ones body and feet during running, injury could result to this. Proper running form is crucial.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Oh my those feet are surely in pain! Interesting info you have here. Thanks!

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      Melissa 

      7 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Blisters are my biggest problem...too painful!

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      lapetitefrog 

      7 years ago

      I always find it difficult to run because I end up with painful black toenails. Thanks for your great info!

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      brandonmotz lm 

      8 years ago

      I agree with RamKitten, those blisters look painful. Great review of a product that prevents running injuries.

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      sheriangell 

      8 years ago

      Like Wendy said, the perfect gift for a runner. That picture of the feet looks so very painful, I think I'll keep walking! Excellent review.

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Ooo, those blisters look painful! I just got rid of a bunch myself, so the memory is recent. Mine were started when I ran across the Bangkok Airport (at least a mile!) in sandals and then made them worse by walking about 30 miles all over San Francisco, but ... sorry, that's useless information. ANYhow! Well done review. I've re-started running myself after a long hiatus, so I'll have to be careful not to tweak something.

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      Wendy Henderson 

      8 years ago from PA

      This book would make a great gift for a runner. Nice Job.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      I am not a runner either...but I do know a few, and this could make a good gift!

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      I am not a runner, but you have written an excellent review here. Watch for this to be featured on SquidLit Reviews blog soon!

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